DEP trying to determine cause of Fayette creek coloring
The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating after an unknown blue substance was discovered in a Fayette County creek.
John Poister, DEP spokesman, said the agency was notified on Wednesday that the blue substance was visible in a creek along Buttermore Boulevard in Connellsville Township.
He said samples will be taken to identify the substance, which was clearly visible in the water.
“We are looking into it,” Poister said. “We are trying to compile information to track down a source.”
Michael Pickett, 16, of Connellsville Township, said he noticed the odd color when he exited his school bus Wednesday afternoon.
“I saw it, and I'm like, this is not real,” said Pickett, a junior at Connellsville Area High School. “But then I checked, and it was real.”
He and his brother, Robert, 18, said they moved into the township six months ago from Everson and have never before noticed anything similar in the creek.
The blue color was immediately noticeable to bystanders and appeared to cover a large area of the water, stretching above a bridge on the road, pooling at a bend and then extending toward another bridge on Route 119.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Picketts said the blue substance had lightened in color since they first noticed it.
Rocks in the creek, Robert Pickett said, appeared to have been stained by the substance.
The creek, believed to be Whites Run, is located across Buttermore Boulevard from Miedel's Restaurant and Grasso's Greenhouse.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media and can be reached at email@example.com or 412-601-2166.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.